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Vertical Gardening an Amazing Approach to Making the Most of Your Garden Space

By Paul Empey Subscribe to RSS | February 15th 2012 | Views:
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Vertical gardening is really a unique and practical approach to making the most of all your garden space. When plants for example tomato plants, squash, cucumbers and melons remain to sprawl on the ground they'll require 10 times as much space as growing them up and down. Except for tomato plants and pole beans, not many of todays home gardeners employ this vertical vegetable garden technique.

Additionally from the benefit of saving space, you will find numerous benefits of growing a vertical vegetable garden off the floor.

* They're cleaner and much more resistant against disease.

* Your plants won't be exposed to soil rot which results in the fruit laying on the soil.

* Many moving and soil bound bugs and unwanted pests won't bother your plants.

* Plants receive good air flow.

* A Vertical garden can offer you privacy and screen off unsightly sights.

* Gardener's who find regular gardening physically challenging will love vertical gardening since it removes lots of bending over.

Good examples of plants that may be grown in your vertical vegetable garden:

* Tomato plants

* Acorn squash

* Butternut squash

* All kinds of peppers

* Cucumbers

* Sweet and snap peas

* Pole beans and lima beans

* More compact melons

* Gourds

Factors

* Plants require watering more frequently, so mulch accordingly.

* How high will the plants be at maturity? Bear in mind that you'll want to reach them easily, so do not build the support trellis too tall.

* Plan to ensure that the vertical garden structure takes residence in its northern border side from the plant beds in order to not shade the plants growing on the floor.

* Hanging baskets may be used with success. When the structure they hang from is simply too high, rig up a lever system to boost minimizing the plants making access and watering simpler.

The very first rule in creating your vertical garden trellis structure is to really make it quite strong and solid. It has to have the ability to handle the weight of ripe veggies as well as have the ability to withstand winds as high as 30 miles per hour even when the structure is filled with veggies.

Bamboo and high cord for lashing make the perfect solution. Many other materials are pressure treated 2 by 2 lumber or 1 inch PVC piping and fixtures. If using bamboo or PVC make sure it's sufficiently strong. It is best to over build rather than under build.

Additionally, you will need a sturdy system of netting or any other support where the plants will grow. Strong plastic or wire netting may be used. Wood lattice may last for a couple of years, but as it is very inexpensively built, it won't last very lengthy or could even collapse underneath to much weight.

Once you have seen the benefits of vertical gardening, a lasting support structure could be built using metal rods or 2 by 4 lumber firmly set in to the ground with supports for that netting or wire which could often be created using a fabric for example stainless cable.

Some crops, for example tomato plants and all kinds of peppers will need some initial care, as you'll have to tie them up or wind them round the supports. Other crops in your vertical vegetable garden for example peas or beans is only going to need a start and could only need periodic assist in obtaining a firm hold.

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